Mary the Mother of Jesus
Mary was a young virgin girl, most likely around the age of 12 or 13, who was to marry a man named Joseph. However, it is written in the Holy Bible that Mary was visited by an angel of God.
“26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be calledthe Son of God.” – Luke 1:26-35 (1)
In biblical Jewish culture, when a woman is engaged to a man, they are actually officially married, therefore, the fact that Mary was pregnant and the child was not Joseph’s, he could have had her stoned to death. Nevertheless, Joseph knew that it was a miracle and allowed Mary to live and accepted Jesus as his own. While Mary was pregnant, a census of the land was declared causing Joseph and Mary to travel about 80 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Since many people were traveling at that time and they would have had to travel slowly since Mary was pregnant, Mary and Joseph were unable to find lodging. Therefore, they found a person willing to let them stay in a barn. After Jesus’ birth, Mary would have been as any other house wife in that time. After Joseph died, it would have been Jesus’ responsibility to care for his mother, since he was the eldest son. For this reason, Mary traveled with Jesus as he preached.
Queen Maya the Mother of Buddha
Queen Maya, also known as Mahamaya or Mayadevi, means illusion or enchantment in Pali language. Queen Maya was born in Devadha in the kingdom of Nepal sometime in the 1st century BCE. She was married to King Suddhodana the king of the Sakya clan of Kapilvastu. The king and Queen Maya were unable to have children for twenty years of their marriage. One night on a full moon, Queen Maya had a dream about a white elephant. “She felt herself being carried away by four devas (spirits) to Lake Anotatta in the Himalayas. After bathing her in the lake, the devas clothed her in heavenly cloths, anointed her with perfumes, and bedecked her with divine flowers. Soon after a white elephant, holding a white lotus flower in its trunk, appeared and went round her three times, entering her womb through her right side. Finally the elephant disappeared and the queen awoke, knowing she had been delivered an important message, as the elephant is a symbol of greatness in Nepal” (2).
Queen Maya was said to be pregnant for ten lunar months. She then began traveling back to her own home to give birth to her baby. However, the baby came before she reached her home. She walked to a Sal Tree which is thought to be in the beautiful flower garden of Lumbina Park, Nepal. Queen Maya Devi gave birth standing while holding onto a Sal Tree branch. It is thought that she died seven days after giving birth.
All mothers are great as all mothers give birth to someone special.
Happy Mother’s Day!!!
“12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12 (1)
“Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.” (3)
(1) – Holy Bible. New International Version.